According to Ernest Owusu-Bempah, deputy director of communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its potential presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama do not value Ashantis in the party as evidenced by the results of recent internal elections, particularly in the Ashanti Region.
He said that less than 5% of Ashantis had been appointed to positions in the area.
"The NDC still treats Ashantis in the party poorly, especially those in the area. They don't appear to recognise their value to the party.
In a statement on Monday, November 21, he remarked, "Take a look at the just-concluded regional executive elections; one is left with the sense that the opposition party does not find anything positive in the Ashantis in the party."
He said that Kweku Afrifa Yamaoh-Ponko, "a communicator and a true warrior for the party, went into the elections and got 15, placing 8th in the race, is an outspoken critic of this administration.
"Kwaku Asafo-Agyei faced off against Abass Nurudeen, and Asafo-Agyei was ruthlessly defeated. Despite some Ashantis participating in the event, their organiser and deputy organiser are both non-Ashantis.
"Considering how hard Asafo-Agyei and Afrifa Yamoah Ponko have worked for the NDC in the area, they merited the positions they competed for.
"In the Ashanti-dominated region, the percentage of Ashantis who won positions would not surpass 5%."
Was there a single Ashanti elected to any office in the other regions? Not even one, no way. Why must residents of other regions than Ashanti occupy the NDC in Ashanti?
"If you are an Ashanti in the Ashanti Region and you still support the NDC, you should think twice about doing so. Why are Ashantis in the Ashanti Region not required to lead the party?
"What should not occur in the Ashanti Region should not occur in other regions. The labour of Wofa Yamoah and his team is in vain. They can't be relied upon. They are unidentified! Because of their Ashanti heritage, they are not seen as NDC supporters.
It is necessary to state what is unfair and what is fair. Any impartial individual would concur with me that the way Ashantis are treated in the NDC in the region is not the best. Simply put, the NDC dislikes Ashantis.
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